Guest Post: What Jew Wanna Eat’s Nutella Rugelach

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on December 21, 2010

in Baking, dessert, guest post

Nutella Rugelach


I thought that would get your attention. Prepare yourself for what has been dubbed the best cookie ever.

I’m Amy, and I blog over at What Jew Wanna Eat. I am thrilled to be a guest blogger on What’s for Dinner! I have always enjoyed cooking and baking, but recently decided I needed a new goal, a challenge, to get back to my culinary roots. So, I called up my Grandma and pleaded for her to send me her best recipes. Stat! She is not one to dally, and imagine my delight when a few days later I had hundreds of glorious recipes in my mailbox. I stocked my kitchen with butter, and have made it my goal to try one recipe a week, with my own personal twist on each.

While perusing my recipes for our company potluck, one jumped out at me- rugelach. You may be asking, what the heck is a rugelach? Well I am glad you asked! Rugelach is like a mini Jewish croissant, filled with goodness. This is one tasty cookie; I am not going to lie to you. However, I thought I could improve on it. But how? And then, the answer came to me. I would simply add the world’s most perfect food. No, not bacon, though I may try that next time. I bring you, Nutella rugelach.

Oh yeah.

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Here is all you need for your own rugelach! I decided to substitute Greek yogurt for the traditional sour cream, as surely that healthy change negates the calories in two sticks of butter. Mmm butter.

Nutella Rugelach

Makes 36 cookies


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 sticks cold unsalted butter
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 can Nutella

  1. Chop up cold butter and cream cheese. Mix together flour, butter, cream cheese and yogurt to form a crumbly dough.
  2. Add in vanilla and sugar. Mix it up again.
  3. Divide the dough into four balls. Wrap in saran wrap and chill for two hours or overnight.
  4. Pre heat oven to 350.
  5. Roll out each ball on a floured surface into a circle, keeping the other balls in the fridge until you are ready for them.
  6. Eat a spoonful of Nutella. This step is not optional.
  7. Spread a thin layer of Nutella on the circle, sprinkle with sugar and hazelnuts.
  8. Cut the circle into 12 triangles. Roll up each triangle from the wide end, and secure the tip into the cookie so you have a little spiral. Place cookies on a sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until golden.


Sweet sassy molassey! She isn’t the prettiest cookie on the block, but she sure tastes delish. Feel free to try this recipe with preserves, or the traditional sugar, cinnamon, raisin and nut mixture. You just can’t go wrong! For more photos and a more detailed step-by-step, check out my blog.

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Marianne December 22, 2010 at 2:22 AM

I made rugelach last year with a poppy seed filling and it was awesome. I can only imagine how spectacular Nutella would taste in them. Yum!
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Amy December 22, 2010 at 7:36 AM

OOh poppy seed filling sounds tasty- I will have to try that!
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Roz December 22, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Hi Amy, WOW…this looks incredible. I’m going to send the link to my friend Susan, who makes poppy seed and jam varieties every Holiday Season. She’s going to go CRAZY for this! Thanks so much for the post!!!
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Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat December 22, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Thanks, Roz!! You can’t go wrong with Nutella. I would love to try a peanut butter and chocolate chip version!


Susan December 22, 2010 at 12:32 PM

I must say that I’m intimidated to try rugelach! It seems complicated but once you said Nutella, it’s a must try!
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Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat December 22, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Hi Susan,

I promise it is not too hard! Feel free to add a little flour to your board when you are rolling your dough out if it is too sticky. And Nutella just makes everything better!
Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat´s last blog post ..My Nutella Rugelach is Famous Too!


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